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we are live in washington, d.c., covering a huge event for this city and a huge event for the entire country. president barack obama's second inauguration. >> you can just see the beautiful picture behind us. so much going on around the nation's capital this weekend. cnn you can be sure is covering it all. parades, concerts, and religious services all of it leading up to the big main event, president obama's inauguration ceremony coming up on monday highlights of that event, the swearing in, of course, and the inaugural speech. white house correspondent brianna keilar joins me to talk more about this. first of all, let's talk about the speech. i understand that the president's still working on it. so what are the themes? what's the focus? >> he is still working on it. he'll be doing tweaks till the last minute. right now he's doing some major tweaks and he's been writing this during the day in the oval office but also at night after sasha and malia go to bed as well as his wife goes to bed. he has time alone in the
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residence to work on it. some of the major themes and we just learned this from dan lothian who covers the white house. this is sort of the fact that the president is confronting the reality of a divided washington that he'll be acknowledging that there are some divisions but he'll talk about how there's responsibility to work on issues where there are common ground and, of course, this is considered certainly a speech that is somewhat hard to deliver not only because historically second inaugurals are not always very memorable but also because it's situated in a very weird place temp porely for president obama. we've just had the fiscal cliff battle. there's an upcoming one with the debt ceiling. ep has to acknowledge this not so pretty reality in the washington as he gives a speech that's supposed to be inspirational. >> the reality is the same congress he was working with on friday will be the same congress he's working with come tuesday despite the speech. we'll watch closely to see more
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details coming up. thank you so much. we'll watch more of this ahead. >> we always know security is tight in washington, but for the inauguration, it is as tight as it can possibly get, like the motherload of security here. joe johns is here with us to talk about the whole situation. what are we seeing? >> well, john, first of all, there are probably going to be something like 12,000 security people that we know of in and around the national mall for all of the events. so let's break that down a little bit. there are about 4,000 d.c. police officers all of whom will be available for security, different shifts probably working between 12 and 1 hours on sunday and on monday. we have something like 6,000 national guard people, men and women, who are brought here from various jurisdictions, about 3g 1 different states. we're told they're going to be unarmed. they're going to be here for crowd control, for parking, for what have you. and we have about 2,000
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individuals from law enforcement agencies, all over of this side of the united states. they try to get people to come close because they can drive in. so those are the numbers. now, what are they going to be doing? certainly trying to keep the crowd safe. but it's also important to say the authorities here are expecting the crowd to be about one-third to one-half the size of the crowd when president obama was naug rainaugurated th time. the trick is to try to stay invisible and not make it look like a police state. we know both at the republican and democratic national conventions there were so many security personnel, they kind of overwhelmed the place and it was perhaps a little too much, not just for the locals but also for the national audience. >> joe johns, thanks very much. >> thank you so much, joe. it's not just inauguration weekend, it's also the martin luther king holiday weekend. to mark that, thousands of people are taking part in a
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national day of service today. including the first family, obamas helped fix up an elementary school here in washington. you're looking at video right there of them varnishing a book case after president obama painted those shelves. he thanked volunteers for their service. >> the fact that we've got some outstanding young people here today, i want to say thank you to the parents for showing early on to all our young people how gratifying and how fulfilling this is. this is really what will america is about. this is what we celebrate. >> and there are a lot of people who want to volunteer who do want to get involved, but don't know what to do to get involved. so this is why there is a service summit also being held today on the national mall to help with just that. suzanne malveaux has been there all morning kind of looking at the comings and goings and some of the volunteer opportunities that are there and also quite a few celebrity sightings.
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hey, suzanne. >> you know, kate, it's always great to come together for a good cause and people want to learn more how to volunteer. how do you get folks all in one place under this tent? you bring superstars aboard and people flock. so we've seen quite a few. we saw eva longoria earlier today talking about the importance of beginning back to latino communities and how she has been working at a foundation that does just that. we saw the vice president's son beau biden. he is somebody who serves in the military and he talked about the importance of bringing support to veterans. we also saw yolanda adams got a chance to talk to her. she was singing some of her favorite inspirational songs, all part of her family's history as you know. one of the co-chairs of this volunteer summit of this day, chelsea clinton talked about how she was very proud of her family. of course, her father, bill clinton, her mother, hillary clinton and how they have served and that it was actually her father in his presidency that he was able to sign the bill for
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mlk day, making that national day of service. so a lot of people very excited to meet the folks who have come out here. kate, we've got one other special treat for you. star jones in a totally different role than what we've seen before. it is so nice to see you. you're looking fabulous. tell us about the red and what that symbolizeds. >> when i go red, i really do go red. i admit this. you know february is the beginning of the national heart month. and go red for women. i'm the face of go red for women. the national volunteer fors american heart association and in that capacity, i was speaking here at the national day of service. one encouraging heart health for the individual and sharing my story of heart disease and survivorship and then two, getting people back involved in their community to advocate for their own health and for the health of their families. >> tell us about that. you said you have your own personal story and a lot of women, a lot of people want to know how they can actually improve their health. >> you know, suzanne, i don't know a lot of people that know
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that in 2009 i was diagnosed with heart disease. i was one of these resentful patients because i thought my gosh, i have done everything right. i had lost 150 pounds. i was keeping it off. but because i had had some heart palpitations, light headedness, i would feel faint at times, these are classic female symptoms of heart disease. it's not this long thing that goes up your arm like what we were told. so i've quickly learned that heart disease is not an old white guy's disease. i became obsessed with learning everything i could. i volunteered for the national heart association. >> that is great, star. what do you think is the most important thing we need to do in terms of taking care of ourselves? >> the biggest issue when it comes to health is be your own health advocate. listen to your body. listening to your body means being conscious of what's going on. women as natural caregivers, you're conscious of what's happening with your children
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animate but not yourself. and you often ignore it. don't ignore the warning signs. if you're feeling sick, if you're at all have any of the symptoms i've outlined be your own advocate and advocate for your community. >> star, might see you at any of the inaugural balls coming up? >> i'm going to hit a ball. >> i'm taking my 1-year-old nephew. this was his first election. he's my date this weekend. >> very nice. i'll see you at the balls. thanks again, star. appreciate it. so kate, got everybody out here. we've got personalities, advocates, politicians, you fame it. folks are coming out, signing up to volunteer, participate, and a lot of folks are attracting them to the tent. >> absolutely. a lot going on the mall today. thank you, suzanne. we'll continue to track all of the events taking place this inauguration weekend but we want to get caught up on other stories making headlines today. john? >> we'll start overseas now. algeria, seven hostages and 11 kidnappers are reported dead today.
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algerian superb forces had been trying to secure the release of an unknown number of people including americans being held at this gas plant by an al qaeda-linked terror group. lance armstrong admits he cheated and admits he deserved to be punished. the disgraced cyclist told oprah winfrey he does feel remorse for what he did and says cheating cost him sponsorships word about $75 million. he could lose a lot more as sponsors and supporters sue to get some of their own money back. honda is recalling 748,000 of its odyssey minivans and pilot suvs. this is the second major recall of these models in just over a month. the company says there are problems with the assembly of the air bags on the driver's side. that could increase the risk of an injury in a crash. honda says it is not aware right now of any injuries that have occurred as a result of this problem. so that's the news going on around the world right now. back to here, back to where we are in washington, the gorgeous national mall, people crowded behind us in this great weekend.
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>> it's a beautiful weekend. there's a big crowd beginning to gather. as the country's first african-american president gets ready to take the oath of office once again, ben gel lis, the president of the naacp joins us with his thoughts on this historic moment. we'll be right back. ♪ [ male announcer ] the distances aren't getting shorter. ♪ the trucks are going farther. the 2013 ram 1500 with best-in-class fuel economy. engineered to move heaven and earth. guts. glory. ram. the new ram 1500. motor trend's 2013 truck of the year.
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is ben jealous, the president of the naacp. thanks so much for coming to our beautiful set on the national mall. i think the question now as we head into this inauguration weekend is for civil rights groups like yours, what should be the president's top priority moving into his second term? >> jobs, jobs, jobs. >> yeah, but we heard, ben, that was his priority in the first term. >> it was health care and then jobs, jobs, jobs and the tea party kind of popped up in the middle. but we've got to get back to jobs. you know, four years ago, when he won, the aspirations of every child in this country went up because quite frankly, when the black guy with the so-called foreign sounding last name wins in a year that everybody knew we would finally have our first woman president because that's what folks were thinking going in back then, every child knows that they can be president now. the difference between a child's aspiration, the family's situation is an exact measure of that family's frustration. so now when you're seeing so
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many families stuck in this country, having a hard time finding work, we're saying jobs. on the day he swears in, outside the state capitol down in south carolina, we'll have at least 8,000, maybe 10,000 or 12,000 of our naacp members at a big jobs rally saying we've got to move forward, and so i think that's the difference between now and four years ago. four years ago, people thought they put him in office to make the change happen. four years later, people get no, we have to make the change happen. >> can i ask you about jobs for a second? the unemployment rate among african-americans is double what it is among whites in this country. >> slightly more. >> when you talk jobs, does a rising tide lift all boats or does the president feed to do something specifically to help the african-american community? >> he needs to focus more on racial discrimination. his administration started, quite frankly with, a mess. the bush white house has being dismantled the civil rights enforcement arms of each agency.
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they've rebuilt them. but we have to go further. what you're seeing in a state like minnesota, for instance, i was there a few months ago. for the state, the average was 6%. for the black community, it was 18%. that differential held whether you had a p.h.d. or not even a high school degree. and the only thing that can explain it frankly is the phenomena of race. some of it is color based discrimination, some of it is not being in the right social network to know where jobs are. they started to do something but he can go much further. >> when we're moving into monday and everyone waits to hear from the president in his inaugural address, many people are looking for the tone and what he touches on in the speech. what do you want to hear the president touch on in this inaugural speech? >> we want to hear him say that he's committed to making sure that every single boat gets lifted. because it's clear that the tide has had to rise.
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some boats are going up and some stuck right there. >> can i ask you about the cabinet? none of them have been african-americans so far. we're talking about state, defense, his new chief of staff we think will be a white male. what do you think about the diversity in the cabinet looking forward. >> we're hoping by the time -- it's a bit like paint by numbers. you paint this section than section. we hope by the end, there's more women and people of color. obviously holder staying over in justice for now. we would like to see a black woman on the u.s. supreme court. there could be several who -- several vacancies this term. we have never had one. there are now several women on the court. people are saying finally we have a black woman on the supreme court. so. >> one of the many things on the to do list and wish list. ben jealous, president of the naacp. thank you for joining us today. >> great to see everyone here on the mall here celebrating this inaugural weekend. stay with us for our continuing coverage of this historical
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i don't know what you're doing today but we're having fun on the national mall with a big group of our closest friends. welcome back to "cnn newsroom," special coverage of this historic inauguration weekend.
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i'm kate bolduan. >> i'm john berman. we're giving you a front row seat along with all these great people to this day's fantastic events. >> a president who says government can help improve the lives of everyday americans. president barack obama fits that description and so does fdr, franklin delano roosevelt. let's bringing in personal historian doug brinkley to talk more about this. you've said fdr has been on your mind a lot as we countdown to the second inauguration. tell us why. >> in 1933 in march when fdr famously said we have nothing to fear but fear itself, that's because we were in the great depression. people were really worried what was going to happen. due to the new deal, due to the first 100 days, the fdr created the ccc and tva and the alphabet the soup of the new deal. we started getting out of the great depression. but by the time he gave his second inaugural in 1937, we
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were still in it. similar to president obama, he inherited the great recession, was able to do t.a.r.p. and all of this. won re-election, yet, there are still millions of americans living in the poverty and the middle class is still struggling. you've got watch that you're not triumphant that we're out of the mess yet but you want to convince people that government is continuing to work and be on your side. >> fdr said we'll still ill housed, ill clad, ill nourished. what dozen barack obama feed to say we'll do to fix it, do you think? >> what i would doyle is say, he seems very engaged in newtown gun control. i would say talk about fear and that we cannot be a society of fear. we have to work together and no mother should be afraid of somebody shooting their child with an assault weapon in a school. no city should fear that if a hurricane wipes them out due to climate change, that you're not going to get federal -- the government there to help you.
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and i would also obviously abraham lincoln and par tin luther king are going to be mentioned, at least their spirit for sure. i would wiped it to women. nobody seems to ever name drop susan b. anthony or eleanor roosevelt. it might be time for that now, particularly since the president's been getting some heat of not having enough women in his second term and the women's vote contributed to his re-election mightily. >> historically speaking, how much does a second inaugural speech matter? does it set the tone? do people hold the presidential account foblable for it? >> not too many matter. abraham lincoln's is the huge exception, that with malice toward none speech but he was uttering it when it looked like the union was going to be victorious. they're important as olive branch speeches. jefferson said in 1801, we are not federalists or not republicans. we're americans essentially. and the president might want to take that kind of bipartisan
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tone. it's about a unity speech. and anybody who's looking for a lot of new policy ideas are not going to get any. this is about poetry and oratory. >> president obama hadn't been reelected 24 hours when he said he was well aware of the perils of presidential overreach in his second term. what did he mean by that? >> well, i think of it as a bit of mythology but people call it the second term curse and certainly in our lifetimes, richard nixon felt that when he had watergate. and certainly george w. bush must have felt the second term curse when in october of '0 , the economy tanked on him. you don't want to act like -- it's better to try to do one or two key things. with that said, i think this president like just the way eisenhower in his second term was able to talk about nasa and get nasa created, we might be able to do something with climate change, a large manhattan project like on a climate issue. he's not going to solve that, but there's a power to that and
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also travel second term. go to china. go to the middle east and try to become a big foreign policy president. he's getting us out of wars in iraq and afghanistan and eisenhower got us out of korea. i think ike's in the air these days. it's a -- eisenhower revision going on. >> douglas brinkley, thanks so much for coming in. >> the connections to the past and past presidents is always so fun it look at and so amazing how there are so many similarities. when we get back, we'll have the latest news of the day, of course, plus a behind the scenes look what's happening at the white house this inauguration weekend. >> first we want to give you this week's look at the human factor. >> miss montana surrounded by more than 50 other beauty queens on stage. all hoping to become miss america. but for most of her early life, alexis weinman spent her time alone. >> i was very quiet because i couldn't say anything right. i was picked on for the way i
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spoke. i really didn't have any friends. >> her parents knew there was something wrong but their small town of cutbank, montana didn't have the resources to help them figure out what it was. at the age of 11, a doctor finally put a name to her condition. pervasive development disorder. a mild form of autism. typically children with autism are very intelligent but very quiet. socially awkward and don't respond appropriately to interactions with other people. typically, they don't end up becoming beauty queens either but she says one day she simply decided not to let her condition define her. >> i longed to accept myself and my autism and i realized that my autism isn't what defines me. i define what is autism. >> she entered the miss montana pageant as a way to problem she could do anything. >> i fell in love with the program, good thing too because i won. i wasn't expecting to win but
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it's funny how things work out sometimes. >> that win put her on the national stage in las vegas. >> miss montana. alexis weinman. >> and she made it as far as the top 15 and won the america's choice award for garnering the most online votes. she says the whole experience has been an amazing ride. >> it's been a challenge but i've enjoyed it immensely. there are times when i do feel a bit overwhelmed but those are going to happen in life anyway whether you're in miss america or not. so i'm willing to take all of that on. >> dr. sanjay gupta, cnn reporting. ÷s#éq
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. look at that adorable face. welcome back to cnn's continuing coverage of inaugural weekend. we're having fun down here. you got to have a fun when you're working. i'm kate bolduan. >> this is john berman. this is like college football game day. >> i always wanted to do game day. >> we're doing political game day here in the capital. >> it's great. there is certainly a spirit of unity. there's a lot of spirit in washington as thousands of people are expected to attend president obama's second inauguration. today is also a very special day of service. brianna keilar is back to talk to us more about that. so the president and the first lady are involved with much more than just today's one service project we have video of them
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at. >> that's right. in fact, you may it be familiar with some of the first lady's causes. obviously i knew about her work with military families, her work to fight childhood obesity. a lot of people are familiar with that. you might not be familiar with the fact that mentorship is a very big cause for her she reaches out a lot through events to at risk kids in the d.c. area. she has a sense of personal responsibility for this coming from pretty humble beginnings on the southside of chicago and she's talked at length about looking around her and seeing at risk kids who fell by the wayside who didn't end up being kind of success stories the way she has been, ultimately a harvard law grad. she knew a lot of people who didn't. and so one of the causes that she has championed is mentorship. and that means tangibly there are about 20 girls who participate in this program where they're paired up with aides at the white house. there's also a program on the
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president's side so that high school boys come in, and they get to work one-on-one with their -- with their mentors and they also today are out participating in the national service day by painting at a school. no the school that the president and first lady were at, but doing another service project as part of their mentor ship program. >> real quick, there is a special treat for kids tonight for kids later today. a concert. >> the children's concert hosted by the first lady, as well dr. biden. the vice president's wife. and this is something that i'm told from a source was done at the request of the first lady specifically for the children of military families. so they'll have this concert. a lot of star power i will tell you. alicia keyes, there's brad paisley, katy perry, marc anthony, usher, stevie wonder and many members of the cast of "glee" will be participating in this concert to kick things off. >> a little bit of everything
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for somebody. brianna, thank you so much. we'll check back in with you. >> the day's headlines, overseas to algeria where the hostage crisis has been going on. right now it is reportedly over. according to the algerian news agency, 23 hostage and 32 kidnappers have been killed. the agency is also reporting the algerian military has freed 685 algerians and 107 foreigners from the gas plant. and al qaeda linked group has claimed responsibility for this attack. former notre dame linebacker manti te'o says he is the victim of a sick joke. he tells espn that as recently as last wednesday, last wednesday, he believed his girlfriend was a real person even though had he never met her. a source tells cnn at least three people have been identified as the source of this hoax. and after being locked out for more than 100 days, nhl players are back on the ice today. they reached an agreement last week with the league's owners.
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that agreement focused on revenue sharing. some players spent down time playing hockey overseas and will now play in the states. a 4-game ceremony 99 days. go bruins. >> i knew you were going to throw something in. i think because my family -- i have family member who's root for the red wings, that's what i'll say, go red wings for now. when we come back, we're taking you back to the national mall where we are for the national day of service for a very special guest who sometimes wear acrown. i have the flu... i took theraflu, but i still have this cough. [ male announcer ] truth is theraflu doesn't treat your cough. what? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus severe cold and flu fights your worst flu symptoms, plus that cough. [ sighs ] thanks!... [ male announcer ] you're welcome. that's the cold truth!
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today people all over the country are rolling up their sleeves and getting to work for the official national day of service held every year during the martin luther kick holiday, a service summit is going on right now at the mall to help people get involved in their own communities. get out there. get involved. suzanne malveaux is at the summit right now with a special guest. you're racking up the special guests today. >> you know, kate, you never know you're going to run into here. it seems like it's attracting high profile folks. i want to bring in mallory hagan, our new miss america. this is her first week on the job. she is running and running and
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running. it is so nice to have you. congratulations. >> thank you. >> you have a couple of things on your platform that are pretty serious. >> yes. >> and you are bringing them out. you attracted attention this week, your comments you said you don't fight violence with violence. there's a big gun debate. some people saw that as a dig to the nra. just weigh in on the debate if you will. what do you make of what is taking place here in washington in trying to get guns out of the hands of violent folks. >> the most positive thing is we're having the conversation. either way, we're going to make a step towards a positive change. that's basically all we can hope for as americans. >> and how has your first week been. >> it's been great. i'm excited to be at the national day of service. i've encouraged twitter followers to weigh in and. i'm having a great time meeting all the people and shaking hands and saying hello. i'm having a great time. >> one of the things you talked about which is serious is
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combating sexual abuse. >> right. >> there was some of that in your own family. how important is that? and how big of a problem is that in our country? >> one in four women and one in six men by the time they're 18 will have experienced some form of sexual abuse. it happens in every neighborhood. it's something we as americans need to open up the conversation about. i'm happy to be a voice for that this year. i'm going to be working with a young woman, aaron marin trying to pass earn's law in all 50 states. we're having a conversation this weekend how i can make that happen for her. >> what kind of law is that? >> it will make child sexual abuse education mandatory in public schools in all 50 states. we're working to make that happen and hopefully we'll create real progress this year. >> you know, you moved from alabama, went to new york, 18 years old. you say sometimes you had $5 in your pocket. >> i did. >> just to eat and get around. you are scrappy here. >> yeah. >> people in washington, they're partisan. they don't get along so well. you're going to go state to
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state all year you're traveling. what are you going to say to bring folks to the table, even if they disagree? >> i think that the first thing we can do is happening right here. we can encourage everyone in america to become involved in their community and see things from a different angle. the sooner they do that, the better off we'll be. and the better off we'll be at listening to each other and understanding people's needs. that's the best way we can compromise sometimes is just to listen to each other and understand what's going on maybe in your neighbor's house and your community. that will be the first step for all of us. >> last thing here, you're 24 years old. you just turned 24. do you have any advice for young woman? you left your home at 18. struck out on your known new york. what kind of advice can you give them? >> live your life with discretion and create your own path. live your life with discretion. understand everything you put on the internet out there, live your life in a way that you would be happy for your parents
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to always see and that you can persevere. you can achieve anything you want to as long as you're dedicated to that goal. >> good to see you. i wanted to wear that tiara, but it's pinned down. it's very good to have you here. thank you for being a part of this day of service. appreciate it. kate, everybody's here. of's here. >> everybody's here. >> we got everybody. >> you are a queen and worthy of a crown in our eyes. that's all i have to say about that. suzanne, we'll check back in with you. thank you so much. big question is, can a divided country come together in president obama's second term? well, that is a very big question and that's ahead in our continuing coverage of inauguration weekend. >> but first, thousands of americans are traveling here to washington, d.c. from all around the country. a lot of them are behind us right here on this mau. our tom foreman meets one man making that journey. >> all across the nation by planes, trains and automobiles, the faithful are converging on the capital. from georgia, maurice madden
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made the journey last time to see barack obama take the oath. now it will cost him about $3,000 and a couple of days vacation, but he's going again. >> i knew on the night that he was re-elected, as president of the united states, that i wanted to return to washington to be part of this celebration. >> the president elect of the united states, barack h. obama. >> the last inauguration saw 1.million americans witnessing this quadrennial moment. this year the crowds are not expected to be as big. >> welcome back. >> but still enough to feel hotels like the historic willard where steve blom says he's met seven presidents. >> i got a fist pump from obama. >> everyone has learned the festivities are not about any one person. >> what we celebrate is that we are the greatest democracy on this planet. and that we could have this transition of power, whether it be second term or whatever it
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be, like no other country can. >> you might not like the president, you might not like his politics, but he's the president. he's the only one we have. >> theodore roosevelt in 1905 was the first president to draw massive crowds. but in 1945, franklin roosevelt called off the big party when world war ii was raging. douglas brinkley, historian. >> that was a very unique year and most normal situations even if we're in recession or in a foreign war, we still throw pretty big inaugurals. >> for maurice madden, it is mainly a big moment. >> i do believe that if i'm blessed to live to be an old man, i'll be able to look back on all of this and say i know that i was, you know, a part of american history and that really means a lot to me. >> a big part of his american journey. tom foreman, cnn, washington.
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of this inauguration weekend. thank you for joining us. the presidential inauguration is supposed to be a time when everyone puts their differences aside to celebrate the president. has that happened? that's a big question. you know those feelings aren't going to last if they were ever here. cooperation has all but disappeared in the last few months. let's talk about the possibility of mending fences. eric ericson editor of and a cnn contributor. van jones, a former official in president obama's first term in his white house. eric, i want to start with you. just to start off, look at this poll. this poll of polls says the president's approval rating at the moment is 53%, which begs the question, heading into the second term, who has the leverage right now on all of the major negotiations that we have under way? specifically in my mind is the debt ceiling fight. >> right. >> president or republicans?
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>> the president probably has the debt ceiling leverage. a majority of americans want cuts to go along with it. george bush had a 53% rating at his second term. didn't last. >> when you say that the president has leverage on the debt ceiling negotiations, what then was behind the strategy that republicans behind the strategy republicans are putting forthright now saying they'll go along with the short-term extension? >> i think it probably was because the republicans don't have a single voice right now, a common thread. the president has a bully pulpit. two weeks ago, they were trying to figure out what they were saying. >> you were involved in a presidential transition four years ago. what do they have to be prepared with starting on tuesday? >> you know, one of the things i think that's gotten overlooked today, the announcement that they are not going to moth ball that incredible operation they've put up for the election.
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obama, is now going to be called organizing for action. that is a huge deal. the president has the leverage. he won with a huge mandate. now he is going to use all of those operatives out there in the field from the campaign to push the agenda. and that is going to give him even more leverage in the heartland than he has in this town. >> in some form or another, ofa has existed. it was effective sometimes but not always. >> a big lesson was learned. there are a lot of people out there, you talk to the base democratic voters. they felt disappointed. them came out, 1.8 million people the last inauguration, everybody happy. they went home and did not feel well utilized. i think the president got punished for that. this is a very different operation. john carson, one of the best organizers in america has left the white house to run the new ofa. the new ofa i think will be a game-changer. part of the reason you see the swagger from the president. he knows he's got cards to play in the heartland. >> erick, is this a force
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conservatives worry about? >> not necessarily because we're not convinced it goes beyond barack obama. is it his coalition or the democrats coalition? republicans are in pretty safe gerri mandered districts. i don't know that the house republicans have to worry as much as maybe some senate republicans. >> let me very quickly is ask you about house republicans. you supported the uprising against speaker boehner when he was up for re-election. he is still speaker. what is your advice to him what his strategy should be to deal with the president and actually also get anything done? >> i think if they want to go with a clean debt ceiling race, he has to mike a final resolution. the public, not the republicans, the public wants spending cuts. he needs to go along with sequestration and find ways to cut government, shows that republicans are doing anything. boehner is a survivor, not really a leader. >> we'll have more after this break on the two presidents. what are the president's biggest challenges he faces going into this second term? stay with us. at 1:45, the aflac duck was brought in
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welcome back to our inauguration weekend coverage. we're having fun here on the national mall. we are joined once again by erick ericson and van jones. van, you worked with the
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president on green jobs initiatives. green jobs and jobs in general continue to be a very big challenge facing the president in his next term. what would you say the president needs to do or really can do realistically to try to get over that hump and create more jobs in this economy? >> one thing he should do is take more credit for the good that was done with the first attempt to build a green jobs and clean energy economy. there are 3.1 million green jobs in america right now. there's 70,000 people who are going to get up on tuesday morning, go to work in the wind energy industry. 70,000. only 80,000 coal miners. you've got real success there. he got a lot of heat on the solyndra scandal. >> he sure did. >> what people didn't look at though, that loan program was 95% successful. bain capital was only 0% successful. you actually do have work there to build on. i think there's an opportunity to move forward. i also think that because you
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have climate now, back on the agenda, the horrific outcome with hurricane sandy has put that back on the agenda. that's number three on his agenda behind i guess immigration and gun stuff. there is an opportunity i think to go back to the table to get business and labor and environmentalists together to figure out a way to put more people to work building clean energy in america, building wind turbines, putting up solar panels, going into biofuels. we can have more work, more jobs, more wealth and better health with a green economy than without one. >> tough thing do with the focus on cutting spending though. >> is there any room there for republicans, erick? >> probably not largely because most of the green jobs program are dependent on the government for existence. the government can't keep pouring money into a lot of these programs. the coal industrial doesn't necessarily depend on lobbyists coming to congress to get carveouts in government. >> let me give you a chance to talk about guns, another issue
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where the president wants to move in the second term. four months from now, say in june, where do you think we will be on guns? what will have been accomplished? >> nothing's going to happen. even if they do something and pass something symbolic, we're not going to cut gun violence. last year, there were 351 killed with rifles, 6500 killed with handguns. they want to just do something for the sake of symbolism but even the assault weapons ban, remember columbine happened after the assault weapons ban. >> erick, you're not going to get the last word this time, van. >> but the coal industry does get a lot of support from our government and deserve it. >> we can see the bipartisan ship that is definitely going to still be here or lack thereof when the president begins his second term. thank you. >> always great to have those guys here. >> stay with our continuing coverage of this historic inauguration weekend. two of the most influential mayors in the country, los angeles mayor antonio
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villaraigosa and atlanta mayor kasim reed and their special insight on the next four years. that's next. stay with us.
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mall. >> i'm john berman. you're watching cnn's special coverage of president barack obama's inauguration weekend. thank you for joining us. the crowds are growing here. >> if you're just joining us, where have you been? it's such an exciting time in washington. everybody's getting ready for monday's big events. today, thousands of people are pitching in for the national day of service. >> it is just one of the events happening now. and as we await president obama's big day and big speech, brew anna keeler has more on what we can expect from him. >> well, a lot of this is already written. i will tell you the speech. the president has been working on it a lot, doing this during the day if the oval office and he, would at fight after his daughters and his wife go to bed in the residence. he's been working on his speech. there are major tweaks going on right now but some aides joke he'll be changing this till he's walking down there to the west front. one of the major themes as we understand from a source familiar with the speech, he'll
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acknowledge there are differences obviously between hill and republicans but there's responsibility to work on things where there can be common ground. as you know from lis nick to him four years ago, he talked about the unity of purpose, of putting differences aside as he tried to usher in this post partisan era which ultimate little failed. so he as to acknowledge that reality. we expect in a way he'll do that and try to bridge that gap, mend some fences along the way. >> this is a difficult speech also to give, brianna, because second inaugural speeches are not usually that memorable. >> no, they aren't. so i'm going to say something and i don't want you to say i'm being negative. this is the opinion of experts. this is not coming from me. but generally speaking, not only are these addresses difficult in general but second inaugural addresses are generally not very good. that's what experts will tell you. there are some exceptions, very few. lincoln in 1865. he talked about a lasting peace.
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this was right before the civil war ended right before he was assassinated, as well. it goes down in history as an amazing second inaugural address. but this one is tough, not just because it's generally a heavy lift but also because for president obama, it's situated between this bruisie ining fisc cliff battle and another one that is right around the corner here in about a month over the debt ceiling and the budget. he can't ignore those fakes. you know, he has to acknowledge those in a way. we expect he will. >> we he will see if president obama can break the mold in this second inaugural speech. >> it would be fun to see. that would be amazing to see a speech that is a historic second one. but the odds are against lim. >> the bar is set high. thanks so much, brianna. >> besides the inauguration, there are big stories we're following for you today. among them the developments in the terror attack in algeria involving american hostages. that crisis does now appear to be over. according to the algerian news
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agency, 23 hostages and 32 kidnaps have been killed. the news agency is also reporting the algerian military has freed 685 algerians and 107 foreigners from the gas plant. an al qaeda linked group has claimed responsibility for this attack. backers of second amendment rights are holding rallies across the country today calling today gun appreciation day. the rallies like this one in springfield, illinois are being held at state capitol buildings. organizers hope to bring pro gun activist who's say their rights are under attack from president obama's plan to curb gun violence. of course, it was a stunning two-part interview with oprah winfrey following cycling lance armstrong confessed not one of his wins was done without the aid of banned substances. he teared up when he recalled at thing his son not to defend his record anymore. >> it was a stunning interview. the jury is still out if what he was trying to accomplish in
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issuing apology actually worked for many people. >> seven years of cheating, not one championship won clean. >> yeah. long road ahead. it's not just inauguration weekend, it is also the martin luther king holiday weekend. to mark that, thousands of people are taking part in a national day of service today, including the first family. the obamas helped fix up an elementary school in washington. see video of it right there. after president obama painted some shelves, he thanked vol tors for their service. >> again, we submit that mrs. obama was better at painting than her husband was. she looks much more into it. we are talking about the day of national service on the mall. suzanne malveaux is there where it's all being held. suzanne? >> hey, i'm trying to hear you. we're kind of competing a little bit with they're rallying up the crowd here pop we expect to see a couple of folks here. angela basset who is going to be taking the is taken soon. she is taking the stage right now we understand. we also are going to be hearing
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from philadelphia mayor nutter who is also going to be talking about the importance of giving back in the community. it's been a lot of passion here. of course, the different organizations that people are signing up to figure out what they can do to help folks in need on this national service day on this summit day. we have seen eva longoria talking about the need to reach out to latino he community. immigration reform is something she has been pushing. she saw the vice president's son beau biden. he serves in the military. he was talking about veterans' rights. had a chance to talk to the new congresswoman tammy duckworth, as well who was emphasizing that. chelsea clinton was here. she is one of the chairs of this event and receives ves very proud of her own family, her father, bill clinton, who was the one who signed the legislation signed the bill making mlk day a day of service. and so you've got a lot of high profile folks from politicians to actors, singers who are all
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gathering together to try to really draw a lot of support and enthusiasm on this day. seems to be working here. >> suzanne malveaux on the national mall on this day of national service was celebrities. fabulously dressed people. but one of the best dressed there, as well. suzanne malveaux, thanks very much. latino voters helps president obama win a second term. we're going to show you how immigration could shape the next four years of his presidency just ahead.
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a record turnout by latino voters helped sweep president obama back to power for another four years. democrats scored more than twice as many latino votes as republicans did. nick valencia looks at what this means for the next four years. >> in 201, the sleeping giant woke up. more than 70% of latino voters supported barack obama, propelling him into a second term as u.s. president. and for the first time in the history of u.s. elections, latinos made up a double digit porths of the electorate. 10%. but the win for democrats was not as easy as it looked. says "usa today" columnist and latino vote analyst raul reyes. >> during his first term, there was a lot of anxiety among the latino community because it seemed like he had forgotten about his promise on immigration. meanwhile, there were record deportations going on, breaking up families.
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>> while obama may not have been entirely to keep his word on reform, it's the words used by republicans when discussing the imintegration issue ta may have been their undoing. voters from nevada to florida told cnn suggests like self-deportation by mitt romney hurt the republicans' chances at the white house. >> there are a lot of the latinos that want obama to win so that they won't be deported back to their country. >> they couldn't get elected this year, couldn't get elected today but we are going to have a conversation about this. if we don't do better with hispanics we are going to be out of the white house forever. >> forever is a long time. and if republicans expect to rally for the presidency in 2016, reyes says the magic number is 35. >> the magic number that any candidate needs in order to win the president i is 35% of latino voters because these days, the fact is, owing to demographics, the road to the white house goes through latino neighborhoods.
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this also has to do with the fact that they tend to be in many of the most important swing states like nevada, colorado, florida. so any candidate or party who hopes to compete and be relevant nationally must at least meet that threshold number. >> in 2012, gop presidential candidate mitt romney got less than 30% of latino vote. but the landslide victory for obama doesn't necessarily mean that the democrats have locked up the latino vote. going forward in his second term, the obama administration can expect the latino community will keep a close eye on whether or not the president can deliver his promise on comprehensive immigration reform. nick valencia, cnn. >> so given the la to inknow voter support, it is no surprise the president has set immigration reform as a top priority for his second term. now gun control has also vaulted to the top of that list. those are also big priorities for los angeles mayor antonio villaraigosa. he joins me now.
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it's always great to see you. >> great to be with you and john and kate, as well. >> mayor, you sent a letter recently to vice president biden as he was working on his gun control proposals. you had some suggestions for him. what did you say? >> we need universal background checks. 40% of all the gun sales don't require a background check because they're private sales. we need to toughen our gun laws. we need assault weapons ban. we need to make sure that we deal with gun trafficking and what they call straw purchasers. these are people that buy guns legally because they can and sell them to someone who shouldn't buy a gun, a criminal or someone mentally ill. those are some of the proposals. there were others, as well. >> mayor, you are the also the outgoing president of the u.s. conference of mayors. we often talk about here in washington, we talk about the federal government and the president getting along with congress and what the federal government should be doing. what do mayors across the country want to see from
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president obama in a second term? >> we want to see imimmigration reform. today i spoke to the u.s. conference and said the pillars of that reform have to be the following. one, a pathway to citizenship. we can't have temporary status or second class citizenship. two, it's got to be earned. it's not automatic. but there's a road to citizenship that you are able to go on if you pay your back taxes, if you have a criminal investigation, you find out there's no crimes, no serious crimes. and you get at the end of the line. but there has to be a path. three, we've got to have family unity as a central core of any policy. you can't deport the parents and leave their 5 million kids here. there are 2 million dreamers. so those are some of the elements of wa we talked about, and i know that the president supports those core elements. we expect there will be bipartisan support for that, as
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well. >> can you give us a sense of the timing on this? when will we see these plans. >> it's going to depend on the congress, as well. i expect in the next month you'll see these proposals, certainly already, senator mccain and graham and in len dez and others are working together to come up with a comprehensive package. remember, there's been some movement from the republicans as a result of the election. i think they're going to want do it on a bipartisan basis. >> go back to guns for a minute. you listed things you would like to see. it seems clear the president's not going to get everything he wants. if you could put a priority on one thing, what would it be? >> universal background checks. we've got to toughen them. 40% of all the gun sales don't require a background check. there needs to be better federal, state and local coordination, as well. and we've got to repeal the tr amends which say ta background
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checks can only be kept for 24 hours. that's ridiculous. we ought to be able to keep them and share them. >> what are you also say when you talk about universal background checks, what do you say to folks who do not like this list of gun control policies that the president is pushing and say what the government needs to do is enforce the policies and the laws already on the books and better enforce them? >> those same people have been fighting enforcement of the laws. that's what the tee art amendment does. it says that we can't keep background checks for longer than 24 hours. they put forth policies that say we can't study the epidemiology of gun violence. they stopped us from appointing an atf director. they've done everything they can to stop the enforcement of those laws. and they use their opposition to the assault weapons. and i said yesterday and i'll say it again, if you need high
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capacity magazine clip on a bush master to shoot a dreen, them you're in the wrong sport. they use a lot of this as subterfuge. it's common sense. it's not a radical notion. any more than assault weapons are some violation of the second amendment. when they passed the second amendment, there wasn't any such thing as an assault weapon. >> we talk about gun policy and crime and violence. you increase the number of police officers on the street in your city. do you want to see the white house do more? what more do you want to see from the white house to help make your city more secure? >> we're safer than at any time since 1952. we had a drop in crime for ten years in a row. 40 mers drop in violent crime, and homicides since i've been mayor. but weep could do a lot better if we had the federal government supporting the 100,000 cop program that clinton had.
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we saw crime go down during these years. >> let's talk politics for a second because once he takes the oath of office, in a sense president obama becomes an lame duck and democrats will look to the future. what's in your future? >> i don't think he'll be a lame duck. they said that about me. i said i'm riding into the sunset but not just yet. you're going to see this president engage, you're going to see him tough and try to reach across the aisle and work with respect to my future, i'll just say this. i'm working as hard as i can on the job i got right now. we'll see what happens. >> always a politician dodging the tough questions. >> something i think we've heard many a time before. we'll sit by and wait and you'll come and talk to us first when you decide your future plans. >> exactly. >> thank you so much, mayor. >> we have a lot more ahead in this hour including hollywood legend robbed redford weighs in on the president's second term. what does he want to see? we'll tell you. we'll be right back. [ dad ] find it?
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that's because inaugurations are about more than just celebrating. they're about coming to together to make our country a better place. it was one of the highlights of the weekend and this year we're going to do it again on saturday. >> the president and the first lady who took part in this national day of service. here they are at a washington school earlier today helping volunteers who were staining a book case. john berman very critical of the president's form in painting that book case. you've been rough on him, buddy. speaking of service though, next month, cnn will begin introducing you to heroes who make service a way of life. first take a look at the young woman from nepal who you named the 2012 cnn hero of the year. >> for 29-year-old pushpa basnit it begins on a high note. i sat down with her right after
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the big moment. >> how do you feel? you just won? >> i think i'm dreaming. it's a big honor for me. i would never forget this night. >> what was going through your mind when you were walking up on stage? >> to seemed like a dream come true. >> thank you so much. we are all winners definitely. mama is going to take you out from the prison and you're coming to my place and this is for my children. and thank you so much for everyone who believed in my dream. >> and the kids call you. >> mami. >> what does that mean to you when you hear that? >> it means a lot to me. i know i'm not the original mother but i'm their so-called mother to give them a better life and better education. that's for sure. >> what was the inspiration? >> i'm very fortunate to be brought up in the family what i was, i had a good parents. till now they give me everything. but there are some parents who's o whose parents have done
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something and i should give it to the children. >> what do you want to say to them? >> i'm sure you're proud of me whatever i'm doing. >> i'm proud of you too. >> thank you, anderson. thank you. >> we have so much more ahead on this historic day in washington. we'll be right back. ♪ ♪ ♪ hi dad. many years from now, when the subaru is theirs... hey. you missed a spot. ...i'll look back on this day and laugh. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru.
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welcome back to washington, everyone. it is inaugural weekend here. just about 3:30 on the east coast, 12:30 out west. for those of you just joining us, welcome to "cnn newsroom." i'm john berman into i'm kate bolduan. welcome to cnn's special coverage of president obama's inauguration weekend. lots going on here. it's not just inauguration weekend, it's also the martin luther king holiday weekend. to mark that, thousands of people are taking part in a national day of service. and there is also a service summit being held today on the national mall. that's where suzanne malveaux has been all day doing -- seeing service prongs and seeing some celebrities. i've been looking forward to this. what do you have for us now, suzanne? >> this is very special here because as you know, the day of service and the summit for service very much tied to martin luther king day of service. the actress to playing coretta scott king for an upcoming
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believe on lifetime joins us now. angela bassett, rocking the leather. love the leather, first of all. you just met martin luther king iii backstage. what was that like? >> oh, amazing. it just seems as if dr. king and his family and his legacy is around me as of late. so it was just a real pleasure to embrace him, meet him and to just speak on the respect and love that i have for his mother's legacy and his father's and his family. >> how did you prepare for that role? because those are some big shoes to fill. >> they are. that's what i expressed to him also that their lives were so immense. it is still his life and in two hours, there's no possible way that we can distill it down to that. and even ---en and i hope that -- you don't know to what degree what is completely true or what is a lot of the fakes distill -- facts distilled into one
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line. i was able to express the profound respect we had as a company to bring this story to bear. >> i understand there are other high profile folks starring in this film. mary j. blige. what is she doing? >> portraying betty shabazz. there was a friendship between them after their husbands passed away and just their efforts to continue their legacy. so that with the death of these magnificent men, their legacy would not die also. and their lives would is not have been lived in vain. we do recall them and remember them. the fiery and the gent teal that can speak to either one of us, but it's about opportunity and just going forward in terms of society. >> now, i understand that you were recruited for this event because you became, you spent some time in the cold and you hit some of those states. what was that like? >> you know, it's daupting at
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first. you know? because you know, you're an actor. have you your script or whatever. but it was so important that our president had another four years to continue the work that he had, you know, had begun. so it was, oh, it was a time that i won't forget. i was able to go to meet people in north carolina and florida, of course, i'm from florida. that had special meaning and colorado also. and just to see those on the ground, young people, grassroots, organizing, organizing, coming together and the power and the surge behind that. it was just inspiring to me. >> angela, what do you think the biggest challenge is for the president going into his second term? there are a lot of folks very much suffering and looking to the government, looking to other places. they don't have work. their mortgage is underwater. what does he feed to do to help folks? >> you know, i think he will do everything that is humanly possible that he can. i hope that he'll be able -- you know that others on the other
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side across the aisle, that they can come together to help our nation and forget some of the party divide. but i know he's a president who cares, who cares deeply in opportunity and i think he'll do everything he possibly can to do that because as i say, the first term you worry about the re-election. now it's the legacy. i think he will cement it in a wonderful way. that is my hope and my pra ir. >> angela, it's good to see you. we'll see you at some of the inaugural balls and checking for your movie that's debuting in february, right? >> february 2nd. >> thank you. >> thank you so much. >> thanks again. kate, back to you. >> all right, suzanne, thank you so much. >> besides the inauguration, there are some other big stories we are following for you today. first and foremost, that deadly terror attack in algeria involving american hostages. it appears to be over. according to the algerian news agency, 23 hostages and 32 kidnappers have been killed. the news agency is also
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reporting the algerian military has freed 6085 algerians and 107 foreigners from the gas plant. an al qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility for the attack. former notre dame linebacker manti te'o says he was the victim of a cruel hoax. he tells espn as recently as last wednesday, he believed his girlfriend was a real person even though he had never met her. a source tells cnn at least three people have been identified as the source of this hoax. legendary baseball manager earl we ever has died. he led the baltimore orioles to four patents and a world series in 1970. he racked up 1480 wins. he's a hall of famer known as "the earl of baltimore." he was 82. a lot of people loved him. not the umpires so much but everyone in baseball mourning him today. so from gun control to health care, keep in america's cities are looking for answers in president obama's second term.
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we'll show you what leaders of our cities are hoping for in the next four years. plus, we'll give you an inside look wa it's like to grow up inside the white house. and we're going to show you what makes the obama daughters so unique. ♪ the soul of our nation that never, never dies ♪ ♪ never dies
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hollywood is onto the ski slopes of utah right now, and soaking up the vibe of the annual sundance film festival. nischelle turner sat down with the founder robert redford who has mixed emotions about his phenomenal success and told her what he would like to see during president obama's second term. >> you've been doing this festival for almost three decades. it's gotten so large. do you ever sit back and just take a moment and think, gosh, look at what this has become? >> i do. how can i not? as the thing grew and grew and grew, i thought, this is great. and then it wasn't quite so
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great. it was so big. it became almost like frankenste frankenstein's monster in a good way. >> almost too big. >> you build this thing. is it going to work in people say you can't create a human being out of mechanical parts. suddenly you do, and you go, my god, great. then it starts to tear the house down. in a sense, it's not as much fun as it used to be. >> you're not going to step away from it? this is still going to be your baby, yes? >> in terms of shepherding, yeah, it will. but not as much as it was. >> there's been so much talk these days because of the mass shootings that we've seen, about gun violence and how hollywood plays a role in that, what we see on the screen. does it translate into our daily lives. what do you think about that? >> i don't know. i don't know. i think that first of all, violence has been in films since they were invented. it's been there all along. so obviously, that's part of our
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culture. and if films reflect that culture, that's what they do. so often we guns in ads. does that mean guns bring business to the box office? if they become part of marketing, does that mean it's been proven, documents to the powers that be that guns in an ad will create more business? i don't know. i mean, to me, it's not a statement. it's a question. but i think it's a question that hollywood could ask itself. >> the president will be sworn in for his second term on sunday. one of the criticisms for the first term were people saying he didn't pay enough attention to environmental politics. what would you like to ehim do in this second four years? >> i would like to see him pay more attention to environmental issues. i think it's too dire. i think the situation too dire, the law of entropy is so extreme right now, the planet is shrinking. is being divied up, carved up, dug up. what are we thering about future
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generations? are we going to leave them anything. >> nischelle turner. such a cool cool interview with robert redford. back here to washington. imagine spending your teenage years as the most famous child in the corrupt. that's the life malia and sasha obama are living right now. we're going to give you the inside story what it's like to grow up inside the white house. we're going to find out what makes this first family so unique. [ nyquil bottle ] you know i relieve coughs, sneezing, fevers... [ tylenol bottle ] me too! and nasal co
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looking at a live picture right now of the white house. preparations under way for the president's second inauguration. it is one thing to be president for two terms. it's another to live your whole childhood in the white house. >> can you imagine, malia obama was just 10 years old when her father moved into the oval office. sasha was just 7. there is no doubt that being a president's child is a lot different from the way that most of us grew up. doug weed is a former advisor to ron paul. he has written extensively about children of presidents. you've interviewed more than a dozen presidential children. is there any common thread to what they say it's like to grow
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up in the white house? >> yeah, actually, 19 and a lot of the first ladies and presidents. the children liked it. most of them. they look back on it as if it's surreal like it didn't even happen. it's very quick. four years, eight years. it's a tiny part of their life. and most of them liked because they were together for the first time in their lives some of them. they're separated to get there. the dad's busy getting there. and finally at the white house, they're there. >> that's what the president has said again and again. he finally gets to sit down to dinner with his girls. >> his office is close to his house now for the very first time is what he said. what do you think if you had to pick out something, what do you think is different about sasha and malia and their time in the white house? >> i think that's different is their mom and dad. and when you're younger, when you're a child, you want to be with your mom and dad. that's whether you live in a slum or the white house, and most presidents are too busy. they're gone. jimmy roosevelt complained to eleanor the first lady, i can
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never talk to dad. she said why don't you make an appointment with him? that's what i do. he came out. he was furious and the first lady said what's wrong. said he sat there reading memos the whole time we talked. today we have a president who goes home to his children and talks about them in his speeches. he tells you as journalists lay off. and yet he talks about them himself because he's with them. >> one thing that is similar to the obama girls is chelsea clinton. they spend those impressionable years, teenage years in the white house. how does that impact them or how does that impact chelsea and how do you think that will impact the obama girls? >> the real crisis for a presidential child is establishing an identity separate from the parent. and that can show up years later. and there are horrific stories and there are wonderful stories that presidential children, it's either feast or famine. they tend to do great things, lead armies, head universities,
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bell selling authors or they can fall tragically. we won't know the story till it's over. i think it's going to be good because this is a new trend for first families, for example, they have discipline. most first families have no discipline at all. they're so guilty about being part from their kids they don't have any structure. this family has structure. you can't come home after you've been on the road and crack the whip. you can only do that after you get home, get in the family again, show them you love them. then you can put down rules. but this family's together. >> based on what you've seen of this family compared to all the other families you've spoken to, care to make any predictions what will become of these girls four years from now? a public existence, a private one? >> they're going to be private as much as they can. that's -- there's many reasons for that, security, many other reasons for that. but the interesting thing is, in an odd way because of the internet, they're able to go back to the pretelevision years
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and pretelevision, the first child could wander the streets of washington. people wouldn't recognize them. the wilson daughters would get on the tour bus and ask inane questions and go back to the white house and laugh at what the tour conductor said. in a curious way because of the internet, these girls can get on the internet even though that's limited and i'm sure this is part of the reason and they can anonymously talk to people and hear what they're saying about their father and about themselves. that's good and bad. but once again, a child can enter the public like they used to be able to do before division. >> as you mentioned, the press traditionally tries to give the first family space when it comes to their children especially if they're young. but there has always been this public fascination of the first family, the first children, if you will. why do you think that still exists? >> because we identify with them. you know, that's pre-america all through history. wherever there's power, you'll see there's children.
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and sometimes it's because the people in power want children around because they tell the truth and say sassy things and they speak up and they're unpredictable. as you know, everything in the white house is choreographed, every word is parsed. here comes the kids that say the wrong thing or the right thing. >> sometimes even first dog does that too. >> who are the most colorful white house kids? >> teddy roosevelt's kids are fascinating. there's everything there. >> didn't they have a zoo in the white house? >> that's right. a snake. >> give more examples of that. >> on inauguration day, alice his daughter was so famous, the number one hit song if you can imagine that in america was about her. they named a color after her. every pulpit in america was preaching against her because she smoked grets and drove a car and a woman should not drive a car. she actually drove a car from washington to new york unchaperones and the newspapers followed that like it was crossing the atlantic or
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something. so on inauguration day, they parade through the streets and people are cheering like you hear them cheering here and alice was waving at the crowds and the president pulled her aside and said this is my inauguration, not yours. >> for one day, give me one day. doug wead, thank you so much for your time and insights author of "all the president's children." thank you so much for your time. >> such great stories. there is a first this year. an official inauguration app. >> and it's already stirring up some problems, if you can imagine. we'll preview it next. ♪ ♪
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♪ we are here in the big city of washington, d.c. for president obama's second inauguration. and so let's talk more about cities. >> that's right. because president obama got a lot of support from big city voters in his bid for a second term. and whether it's crime or jobs or health care, people who live in urban areas are now looking to the president to help them solve some of their problems. >> that's absolutely right. and atlanta mayor reid supported president obama, nice enough to be here with us to talk about these issues. we were saying in the break, we
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talked so much about the federal government. it's the cities where the rubber meets the road and so nice to have this conversation with you. what do you think, if you want to speak for your city or cities acountries the country, what is the biggest issue facing cities, facing mayors as we head into the president's second term? >> i think cities is where hope meets the street. and our biggest issues are infrastructure related. 70% of our country's gdp occurs in cities. if you want a healthy country, you want cities up and moving. and we have a good deal of delayed maintenance in our cities that really is beginning to impede economic development and economic -- and our economic strength going forward. so to the extent that washington gets movement, moving, invests or comes up with a deal around infrastructure investment, that's going to help cities and it's going to make the nation stronger. >> is it more -- is there something you would like to see coming from the white house, specifically, or is it more you would like to see washington to get the economic engine of the country going again, which helps
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cities across the country? >> no, what i'd like to see specifically from washington and in congress is an infrastructure bank deal to help cities deal with major infrastructure projects. whether it's atlanta, chicago or new york or charlotte. we all have major capital projects, and we need a creative funding structure. so we're not asking for handouts. we have roads, bridges and tunnels that need to be repaired that can get folks back to work. but we need a creative funding mechanism. the president has proposed a $50 billion infrastructure bank. historically, that has been traditionally a nonpartisan space. where republicans and democrats can get together. that's probably the biggest thing they could do to help america's cities get moving again right now. >> the interesting thing, though, we don't hear them talking about that. >> both are talking about cutting back. very few are talking about spending more or investment. it's more about thrift. let me ask you about guns. we're hearing about these new gun proposals from the
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president. you're the mayor of a city. in cities, crime tends to be committed, gun crime, by handguns. >> sure. >> what's being discussed here in washington? how will that affect your city? >> well, you have more than 750 mayors that will come together, that you will see supporting the mayor and the vice president's initiative around gun control. we've actually been very fortunate in atlanta. we had the second lowest number of murders, 85, since lyndon johnson was president. so we have control around our crime issues. but the number of bullets that are fired from a magazine is something that we want to see stopped. nobody needs more than ten bullets. gun violence, background checks, is something we need to see in cities. so these common sense reforms, you now have more than 750 mayors that are standing behind the president and the vice president. and we think we're going to get a bill. it's going to be hard, it's going to be thank you. but i think we're finally going to get major gun violence reform. >> let's talk about one topic real quick where we know there
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is not so much partisan politics. very important question, mayor. will the atlanta falcons go to the super bowl? >> oh, no question. we're one game away, kate. we're going. >> all right. >> the objective political analysis from the atlanta mayor there. >> mayor, great to see you. >> thank you, kate. >> thank you so much. >> rooting for the hometown. cnn. >> for the first time, the presidential -- >> atlanta falcons, best in the world. >> i'm no longer needed. the presidential inauguration will have its own app. laurie segall gives us a preview. >> the 57th presidential inauguration is coming up monday and for the first time there is an official app for that. the p.i.c., the presidential inaugust al committee released an app. you're looking at it here. you can live stream and the ceremony throughout the day. let's look at the features. first up, as i mentioned, mapping out the ceremony. the inauguration is happening at the national mall and you can definitely expect large crowds. for folks at the ceremony, the
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app will show you where to find the nearest viewing screens, nearest bathrooms and first aid centers. and another cool feature on the app here, shows the map of the parade. so last inauguration, they ran into a little bit of trouble. some crowds were stuck, couldn't see the event. this app is aimed at fixing that. this would only be helpful if you're one of the people attending the ceremony. so for the majority of us who aren't in d. krr got inauguration, the app let's you live stream the ceremony and check out pictures and updates. there is a rundown of the schedule of the day. if you're looking to volunteer, you can pick a category you're interested in, everything from education to health. even the environment. and it will use geolocation to connect you with places to volunteer. and, of course, for those of you who are just counting down the minutes, there's an app for that too, of course. it's called the inauguration countdown. it's available on ios devices. the app will break down the days, hours, minutes, and yes, even seconds until the is
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ceremony. so on monday as president obama takes the oath, your front row seat at the digital ceremony may just be your smartphone. >> and laurie segal joins us right now. and laurie, since this is washington, no surprise, there is already a controversy over the inauguration app. tell us about this. >> you're absolutely right. people are worried they're putting their cell phone numbers in here and a report came out that said maybe this data could be used, and handed to third parties and you could end up on an e-mail list. i asked the question, they gave me a statement. let me read it quick. they say contrary to some concerns, the app only collects one sort of user data. and they go on to say the app has no way to collect e-mails, names or other personal information. so they say that's not the case. but come on, we all know every time you sign up for an app, not everything is just for free, guys. >> nothing is for free, laurie. what else can this app be used for? >> you know, it's the kind of thing that if you're on the ground, it's wonderful, because they can use gps, you can locate yourself. and it's the kind of thing where
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you know, you might not be able to see the show as much as you want, and you can -- it will locate you, you can see where there is a viewing screen and that kind of thing. it's great for people on the ground. and also you can live stream through the app. of course, you can also live stream on if you don't want to risk it, you can always come to us. >> all right. laurie segall, thanks so much. you can also follow the inauguration on our app and we encourage everyone to do that. >> absolutely. you can see, they're showing the picture -- image right there for you on your screens. wanted to just say, cnn's live coverage today of the historic second inauguration for president obama continues throughout this afternoon. thank you so much for joining us. >> i'm john berman. >> i'm kate bolduan. have a great day, guys. >> and thanks, everyone, back there. [ ryon ] eating shrimp at red lobster is a fantastic experience. 30 shrimp for $11.99. i can't imagine anything better. you're getting a ton of shrimp, and it tastes really good! [ male announcer ] hurry in to red lobster's 30 shrimp for just $11.99!
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♪ hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. we are excited, because we are live here in washington, d.c. and you are watching cnn's special coverage of president barack obama's inauguration. and look at this crowd behind me. they are so excited to be here. they have come from all over the country. some people from all over the
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world. how are you guys doing? are you excited to be here? they are so excited to be here. i'm going to get out there and talk to those guys in just a moment. it is killing me not to be in that crowd. sitting next to me on my left is brianna keilar. she is going to talk about what the president is going to do in his inauguration, why he is being sworn in twice. why it will be his fourth time to be sworn in. we'll get to brianna keilor, she is going to sit here with me. you look great. >> thank you. >> isn't this exciting? >> it is a very exciting time. sort of like the olympics, only happens every four years so a fun event. >> we'll get to this great crowd in a moment. but we have some other news. we have to get up to speed on some news, and we have some breaking news, as a matter of fact, and it's from algeria where a military raid has ended. a sprawling natural gas plant. 23 foreign hostages killed. algerian state media reports some of the remaining hostages were freed and 32 terrorists were reportedly killed in the operation.
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still no word if any americans are among the dead. more on this story in just a moment here on cnn. and back here in washington, the president and the vice president recognized today's national day of service, leading up to the martin luther king holiday. the president and the first lady showed up at burrville elementary school in washington to help with some service projects as a way to celebrate the life of a civil rights leader. >> i'm always reminded that he said, everybody wants to be first. everybody wants to be a drum major. but if you're going to be a drum major, be a drum major for service. be a drum major for justice. >> of course, everyone is talking about that. that they have service, and the first lady's new look. the vice president and his family also volunteered, making care images for the military at the national guard armory.
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on this historic inaugural weekend, thousands of americans took to the streets to protest one of the president's most ambitious projects. gun control. the group, guns across america, planned rallies in 49 states today to support gun owners' constitutional rights and to challenge any legislation that would restrict their rights. mean time, at least two people have been injured in an apparent accidental shooting at a gun show. it happened at the north carolina state fairgrounds in raleigh. witnesses tell affiliate wral, a gun went off at a safety check, hitting a man in the hand and a woman in the eye. authorities are investigating that, and we will bring you more information on that as soon as we get it here on cnn. mean time, at least two people have been injured in an apparent accidental shooting at a gun show again. we told you that it happened in north carolina. at the state fairgrounds and raleigh. witnesses tell cnn the gun went off at a safety check point. again, more information on that
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just as soon as we get it. we want to go to that breaking news now. the latest on this unfolding crisis in algeria. the terrorist hostage situation at a desert gas field appears to be over. we're hearing reports from the algerian government that at least 23 foreign hostages and dozens of their captors have been killed. it's still not clear how many americans may have been held at that facility. >> with regard to the numbers of americans, we are still trying to get accurate information about just exactly how many americans were located there, and exactly what happened to them. >> earlier today, algerian media reported a final push was under way against the militants who took over the gas facility on wednesday. the algerian army says 32 terrorists with links to al qaeda were killed in today's operation to free the hostages. as some of those freed make it home, we're getting eyewitness accounts here. i want the you to listen to what it was like on the day the militants stormed the plant.
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>> around 5:00 a.m., we were sleeping. then we heard the shooting. we didn't understand what was happening. then a bunch of terrorists were there. i could notice different dialects. libyan, tunisia, egyptian and malian. the tunisia said let's get the japanese workers out. we were shocked. many of us hid under beds so we don't know what happened next. we were listening to the fire shots. i hid for 48 hours under the bed. the army came next. we don't know how it happened. >> so once again, we're hearing reports that at least 23 foreign hostages have been killed in a military operation at the algerian gas plant. still no confirmation if any americans are among the dead. we'll get a live report from the state department next hour here on cnn. ♪ back to the reason that we are here in washington, d.c. the nation's capital. the second inauguration of the
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nation's 44th president, now less than 24 hours away. president barack obama will officially be sworn in tomorrow inside the blue room of the white house. and he'll take the oath again on monday in public behind me on the west front of the capitol. look how excited these folks are here on the mall. but there is plenty of excitement today building up to the big event. people are pouring into washington. many travel hundreds of miles to be part of history. final preparations are under way. set up decorations and security checks and just yesterday, soldiers and airmen arrived in washington as part of the national guard force of 6,000 helping in the inauguration. the culminating event, the commander in chief's inaugural ball, monday night. you're looking at the official program. there it is right there. from the decorations to the music to the security, we are going to cover it all for you right here on cnn. and no doubt, a big highlight of the inauguration is what the
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president will say. and white house correspondent brianna keilar joins me now. brianna, what is in the speech? first of all, look at all these people back here. hey, guys, over here, how are you? [ cheers and applause ] >> you know, it's killing me not to be out there with them. >> it's like game day. >> i know, so exciting. we can't walk two feet without people stopping us saying, we want to take a picture, so excited to be here. amazing. and they're here for the same reasons we are. to hear the 44th president be inaugurated again. what's he going to say? what's going to be in the speech? >> in terms of white house specifics, keeping it under wraps. they want to wait until the president gets to deliver it. but we do know that it's largely written, even though there's still major tweaks being made. and the themes of it are set. we know that president obama is going to be saying that there are some differences, yes. he'll acknowledge that there are differences, obviously, with republicans. but he'll be saying there is a responsibility on issues where
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you can find common ground to work towards that common ground. and don, i know that he has been working on it quite a bit. he works during the day in the oval office on the speech. and then at night, he goes to the residence. and once his daughters go to sleep and his wife goes to sleep, that's normally sometime in the 9:00 hour, he will work. because he's a night owl. so he'll stay up until midnight. >> they're saying no surprises, no policy, no surprises in this? >> no, i think the way to look at it, this is sort of the part one of the part two, which will be the state of the union. remember, four years ago, i think it was, what, 18 minutes? the state of the union is over an hour long, or at least the last one was. so he'll be talking kind of broad strokes. and then he'll fill in with some of the details in the state of the union next month. >> yeah. stand by, will you? this is the first time -- didn't we anchor together? >> years ago. >> years ago. >> nice to see you, don. >> saying i would love for you to co anchor with me. stand by. i want to go to joe johns. don't go anywhere. i want to talk to you more.
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let's go to cnn's joe johns. there is a lot of security going on, a lot to talk about here. joe johns, talk to us about the extraordinary security happening here. >> reporter: well, i think the first thing i have to say to you, don, is so far it's all good news. nothing to report. no special advisorieadvisories,e prugd inplugged into the law enforcement people around the area. this is what is described as a national special security event that essentially means that thousands of law enforcement people are here for this. of course, we have 4,000 d.c. police. we have a couple thousand police from other jurisdictions who have been brought in. as you said, 6,000 national guards people. and they're being coordinated by a group of authorities at a secure and undisclosed location here in the washington, d.c. area where they sit next to telephones, watch television monitors of all of the thousands of cameras around this area looking for the first sign of trouble. as i said, no real trouble to
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report. the big issue, of course, will be crowd control. at least that's what they hope it will be. they're expecting a huge crowd, but certainly nothing like four years ago when president obama was inaugurated the first time. that set a record. so we'll be watching and waiting. and when we see any news, we'll send it to you, don. all right. joe johns, thank you very much. want to get back to our white house correspondent now, brianna keilor. this is different. this will be, what, the fourth time he will be sworn in? that's rather odd, isn't it? >> it's not only odd, it's historic. this is the first time that a president will have been sworn in four times since fdr. remember, though, fdr was sworn in four times because he served four terms. the president, as you remember, four years ago, chief justice john roberts sort of flubbed a line in the oath, the word faithfully. and the president kind of stumbled in response. and then the next day he went to the white house and out of an abundance of caution, the white house said he did the oath again. so that was two.
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and then because the inauguration day, as dictated by the constitution falls on a sunday, they have the inaugural ceremony on the monday. so that's four times. >> yeah. >> that's a lot of oaths. >> and they like it. they're cheering for that. and they're cheering for you, brianna. it's always such a pleasure to work with you. >> nice to be with you. >> yeah, it's great. remember last time we were freezing four years ago. >> i think it's going to be cold monday. i've got my long johns ready. >> yeah, this is our service today. this is our -- we did our service today. but today is a national day of service. have you done your part yet? there is still time. more ahead here on cnn. i need you. i feel so alone. but you're not alone. i knew you'd come. like i could stay away. you know i can't do this without you.
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okay. here i am, in the crowd. i asked for it, and i have it. we're down on the mall. and we're with some very excited people. and this is what i wanted. these people are so excited to be here. for the second inauguration of president barack obama. some people said they are here from washington, d.c., others are here from new york city. where are you guys here from? >> california. >> you're from california. >> yeah. >> what's your name? >> sabrina. >> sabrina is here with me. guys in front, move over a little bit so we can see sabrina on camera. when did you get here, sabrinsa? >> yesterday. i go to school at the university of maryland. >> are you excited to be here? >> yes, very. >> why are you here? >> the inauguration. >> and it's warm today. it's in the 50s. >> yeah, it's warm. >> yeah.
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>> california was cold. >> are you guys excited to be here? [ cheers and applause ] >> did you -- do you know today is a day of service? >> yeah! >> did you guys do any service? >> yeah! >> well, i know someone who is working and doing her part today, and that's cnn's suzanne malveaux. suzanne, how are you doing your part? are you out working or seeing a lot of people doing their part today? >> reporter: don, i am working. but i don't know if the wobble has anything to do with community service. but there was a whole bunch of people, a whole group of people, who are doing the wobble, just a few minutes ago. dj mel literally is keeping this crowd going. they're learning a lot about the different local groups they can get involved with. a lot of celebrities, politicians, activists who come up and have been a part of the day. we saw eva longoria, chelsea clinton, bo biden, yolanda add yams, getting folks to
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participate in this day. and one of the people that you and i both know, bernice king, the youngest child of dr. martin luther king jr., she was able to show us the bible that is going to be used for the oath of office, one of the two bibles that's going to be used and the importance of mlk day, the day of service and the fact that it is happening on the same day as inauguration day. we had a chance to catch up with her in atlanta. i want you to take a look. >> mrs. obama will be -- will have the bible, and then, you know, pull it out for her husband to put his hand on. >> reporter: bernice king took her father's bible from its enclosed case at the king center to bring it to the president. she showed us its worn pages and her father's handwritten notes from 1954. >> i'm sure that this traveled with him as he left montgomery, because i saw a monday date, he would leave on monday and fly back to boston. so he was studying and medita meditating. >> bernice king says the
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president's second term perhaps is even more important than the first. >> and there's a lot of pain and hurt. we went through a lot of tragedy last year, a lot of political divisiveness. and it's just time for that healing and reconciliation and daddy's work represented that. >> reporter: king says she believes president obama, in trying to reunite the country, is striking the right tone. >> he could have after the election said how do you like me now? you know what i'm saying? it's hard. i mean, some people can be sore losers. that's just the reality. the president sets the tone of the nation. if nobody else does. he's compassionate. and dr. king was compassionate. and he's committed to the next generation. >> reporter: so what does king's youngest think president obama should do next? >> right before he was assassinated, he was in memphis, tennessee to bring attention to the work of the sanitation workers, those that were not receiving adequate wages and
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they were not being treated fairly. and he was in the midst of planning this poor people's campaign. and i would like to see more emphasis placed on poverty. in our nation. >> reporter: king specifically singles out the african-american and latino communities. >> i know there has always been a concern about the african-american community not feeling perhaps that the issues related to our community have been addressed effectively. and i think there's some room for improvement in that regard. >> reporter: i asked her whether gay rights is the next civil rights battle. >> i don't like to speak for him on issues that back then he tint have an opportunity to speak on, because then i'm injecting what he would do. i certainly think that my father, first and foremost, he saw everybody as important. regardless of how you define yourself. and whatever category you fit
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in. your person hood. and he felt that everybody deserved dignity and respect. >> reporter: king is encouraging folks to use her father's holiday and the inauguration as an occasion to serve. >> although we have come a long way, we still have to finish the work of dr. king. >> reporter: don, one of the speakers, one of the last speakers to wrap-up this event here was top adviser to the president, valerie jarrett. had a chance to talk with her, asked her what the president's priorities are going into the second term, into his administration. also had a chance to ask her to address some of the criticism, the lack of diversity that some folks are taking a look at, this new cabinet, when you take a look at chief of staff, cia, state, defense, treasury, all of those positions held by white men. and she addressed that criticism, as well. we're going to have that full interview coming up in the 6:00 hour. my interview with valerie jarrett, don. >> oh, suzanne, we certainly
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looking forward to that great interview. thank you, suzanne malveaux. hey, guys, how are you doing? >> yeah! >> these guys are so excited to be here. i should tell you, we have people from turks and caico, los angeles, africa, mongolia. they're from all over. let me get this. walk this way. we're on the national mall. cnn is out here. we're among the people, they're excited to be here and we're excited to be with them. the president is going to take up the second agenda. it's coming up. there's going to be some challenges. we're going to talk with ron lizza from the "new yorker" right after the break. if i can get through this big crowd. >> i think there's no more higher purpose right now than to take care of the folks, put themselves in harm's way to protect our freedoms. >> more than half a million folks have done more than one tour. that's a tremendous emotional and physical burden we have put on our folks that's totally unprecedented. >> we're acknowledging that
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people are always going to have some effect. we just want them to be able to be better at making that transition back to civilized society and not carrying around that pain of war for the rest of their life. >> i'm skip rousso, clinical psychologist at the university of southern california, institute for creative technologies. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] don't just reject convention. drown it out. introducing the all-new 2013 lexus ls f sport. an entirely new pursuit.
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president obama will kick off his second term with an
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ambitious effort to curb gun violence. it's an issue that really wasn't on anyone's radar. let's talk with our washington correspondent for the "new yorker." ryan, this political battle over guns is going to take a lot of political capital for the president's second term. how can affect his agenda in the second term? >> it's a risk, no doubt about it, a huge risk. if you look historically at second terms, the most important thing is in that first year, picking an agenda that is reasonable, that has a political sweet spot and can actually pass congress. remember george w. bush? >> yeah. >> in 2005, the first issue he picked, social security privatization. >> yeah. >> he didn't really campaign on it in 2004. and it was defeated almost immediately in 2005 and his second term went down hill after that. so picking your agenda carefully is the key for a second term and a risk for obama to pick something as controversial as this. >> guns? i mean, that's a risky, risky move. >> i think there are two things
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behind it. one, i think the president genuinely had a conversion on the issue after newtown. he's talked about it. and two, the public, if you just -- not to be crude about it, but if you look at the polling, it does seem we are at an inflexion point on this issue where democrats who have been scared of the issue for years aren't so much anymore. >> what about the news that house republicans plan to vote next week on a three-month extension to the debt limit? what's the political strategy behind that? >> it's pretty big news. this is what obama asked them to do. they didn't ask for three months. he would like it to be extended much longer than that. he did say i won't negotiate. you need to pass a clean debt limit. republicans decided after the fiscal cliff negotiations in december, we all remember that, that they weren't in a good bargaining position. vis-a-vis the president. their approval rating is very low. the president's is relatively high. and they needed to move the debt ceiling off the agenda, and not gamble with the full faith and
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credit of the united states. >> let's talk about the republican -- we were talking about the republicans. let's talk a little more about the republicans. >> yeah. >> for the next four years. they don't seem to have a national leader. more a cohesive voice. >> yeah. >> what is their strategy for the next four years? >> look, their national leader will emerge as we get closer to the presidential elections. but you're right. they have as john boehner likes to say, they have just this -- they have the house. one half of one-third of what controls washington. so boehner is a national leader. you have mitch mcconnell, minority leader in the senate. but they don't have the platforms that the president of the united states has. on the other hand, they do control the house of representatives. and if -- a fiscal resolution to some of the fiscal issues. >> they don't agree on any of those issues, though. >> not at all. so what's -- how does he move his agenda through this congress, right? when republicans control the house?
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the only model we have so far is what happened with the fiscal cliff. negotiate a deal on the senate between republicans, democrats and the white house, and then force it through the house of representatives by basically putting republicans' backs to the wall and making them pass it either at the last minute, because there is a deadline approaching or because they'll be so embarrassed if they don't pass it. and that's not a great legislative strategy for every issue. but the issue, the sort of strategic issue for the obama presidency is figuring out how to get his agenda through the house of representatives. that's everything. that is the shoal on which his agendaca crash. >> we'll have to leave it there. thank you, ryan. this crowd is here for you, man. >> the signs, yeah. i want to see a crowd surfing before 9 end of the weekend. >> i love being out there. they are amazing. it is inaugural weekend. parties, gala, great people, a very special concert. we'll run it all down, next. we're going back out there, too. ♪ [ male announcer ] how do you make 70,000 trades a second...
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